The OECD Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) and its Working Parties held virtual meetings March 24 – April 15. Under the auspices of Business at OECD (BIAC), USCIB members provided substantive interventions on topics already in the tech policy spotlight, as well as addressed issues likely to rise in importance as the digital economy continues to evolve.
According to USCIB Vice President for ICT Policy Barbara Wanner, USCIB/BIAC members provided important commentary aimed at shaping the work of a special governments-only drafting group, which has been focused on developing high-level guidance on government access to personal data held by the private sector.
“BIAC’s written statement highlighted that concerns of personal data losing protections when accessed by governments across borders have encouraged policy responses that can negatively impact economic activity,” said Wanner.
“[Such policies] threaten to slow down economic growth as we try to recover from the pandemic,” added Norman Barbosa of Microsoft, who intervened on behalf of BIAC.
In addition, members joined the U.S. government and others in urging a pause in the OECD’s efforts to develop a Voluntary Transparency Reporting Framework (VTRF) to facilitate more effective detection and mitigation of Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content (TVEC) online to build a robust evidence base on both the uptake and functionality of the baseline framework. USCIB members further distinguished the business community by developing practical guidance and shared procedural approaches to guide policymakers in implementing trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI) that embody the five values-based OECD AI Principles.